A palace worthy of princess stories: Olite Castle (Navarra, Spain) [ENG-ESP]

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Hello everybody! Today I come to tell you about the visit I made some time ago to the town of Olite, in Navarra, northern Spain. The most remarkable thing to visit there is its castle, or rather palace (because it was more for the residence of the courtiers, it was not used as a military fortress), which is quite reminiscent of those Disney princesses and princes stories because of its appearance. Actually, the palace was deteriorated and was in a state of neglect for many years, but some architects rebuilt in 1932 what they could and the truth is that it has been very nice and worth visiting.

What was lost forever was the interior decoration and the gardens that surrounded it, but still, it is worth it. However, the visit is not free, it costs about 5 € (at least, when I visited) per adult person if you do not want a guided tour. I understand that if you choose the guided tour option the price will rise a little.

We traveled by motorcycle to the village from our city (Zaragoza). And when we parked, we rode through the streets towards the Palace..-

¡Hola a todos! Hoy vengo a contar la visita que realicé hace algún tiempo al pueblo de Olite, en Navarra, al norte de España. Lo más destacable a visitar allí es su castillo, o mejor dicho palacio (porque era más para la residencia de los cortesanos, no se usaba como fortaleza militar), que recuerda bastante a aquellos cuentos de princesas y príncipes de Disney por su aspecto. En realidad, el palacio fue deteriorado y estuvo en estado de abandono durante muchos años, pero unos arquitectos reconstruyeron en 1932 lo que pudieron y la verdad que ha quedado muy bonito y digno de visitar.

Lo que sí se perdió para siempre fue la decoración interior y los jardines que lo rodeaban, pero aun así, merece la pena. No obstante su visita no es gratuita, cuesta alrededor de 5€ (al menos, cuando yo lo visité) por persona adulta en el caso de no querer visita guiada. Entiendo que si escoges la opción de visita guiada el precio se elevará un poco.

Nosotros viajamos en moto hasta el pueblo desde nuestra ciudad (Zaragoza). Y al aparcar, recorrimos las calles en dirección a Palacio.

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The look of the town, as expected, is very medieval and they have even included those typical little flags that you see in movies of this style.

El aspecto del pueblo, como era de esperar, es muy medieval e incluso han incluido esas típicas banderitas que se ven en las películas de este estilo.

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As we approached the line to buy tickets, it was inevitable to notice the architecture and the arches.

Mientras nos acercábamos a la fila para comprar las entradas, era inevitable fijarme en la arquitectura y en los arcos.

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The interior, although empty, had included some ornamentation to inspire us to see what it was like when it was still in operation.

El interior, a pesar de estar vacío, habían incluido algún adorno para inspirarnos en cómo fue en la época en que aún estaba en funcionamiento.

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The palace has several buildings and towers, some separate and others connected by walkways on the outside. Without a doubt, the balconies were beautiful.

El palacio tiene varios edificios y torreones, algunos separados y otros comunicados por pasarelas en el exterior. Sin duda, los balcones eran preciosos.

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In addition to being able to walk along all the walkways connecting the buildings, you could also climb the steps to the top of the towers to have a nice view of the whole palace and also of the town.

Además de poder caminar por todas las pasarelas que conectaban los edificios, también podías ascender los escalones hasta lo más alto de los torreones para tener unas bonitas vistas de todo el conjunto del palacio y también del pueblo.

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We continue ascending to the highest points of the towers to appreciate the views.

Continuamos ascendiendo hasta los puntos más altos de las torres para poder apreciar las vistas.

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There was also a small museum inside, where you could see a model of how the castle looked before it was rebuilt.

También había un pequeño museo dentro, donde se podía ver una maqueta de cómo se encontraba el castillo antes de que lo reconstruyesen.

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I was still surprised by the views, and I saw that there were also small gardens around, perhaps not as large as those that once existed, but it was a joy to see vegetation nearby, beyond the ivy that climbed up the towers and balconies.

Seguían sorprendiéndome las vistas, y vi que también habían pequeños jardines alrededor, quizás no tan grandes como los que hubo en su día, pero daba alegría ver vegetación cerca, más allá de las hiedras que subían por los torreones y los balcones.

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We climbed to the highest point and from here we could see the street through which we had entered and the sculpture of the pyramid.

Subimos al punto más alto y desde aquí podíamos ver la calle por la que habíamos entrado y la escultura de la pirámide.

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The stairs, as could not be otherwise in narrow towers, were all spiral staircases .

Las escaleras, como no podía ser de otra forma en torres estrechas, eran todas de caracol.

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In some of the windows there were seats to rest.

En algunos ventanales había asientos para poder descansar.

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We went down to see other corners such as the patios, where they also had more vegetation. We returned back to the bike, but not before noticing a thermometer in the square, which also looked old, although perhaps it was just a prop.

Descendimos para ver otros rincones como los patios, donde también tenían más vegetación. Volvimos de nuevo hacia la moto, no sin antes fijarnos en un termómetro que había en la plaza de aspecto antiguo también, aunque quizá solo fuese atrezo.

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thank u very much!

Absolutely, your description of your visit to Olite sounds truly enchanting. The palace's transformation from neglect to its current splendid state is indeed a testament to the power of restoration. It's wonderful to hear that the castle's appearance evokes the charm of Disney tales. Your experience highlights the magic of exploring historical sites and witnessing their rejuvenation.

that's right, they did a good job of reforming it 😄 thanks for stopping by!

The town is beautiful, I like the architecture.

yes, me too. Thank you very much for commenting 😄

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